SOE Alumni Association

The SOE Alumni Association supports SOE’s mission of effectively preparing educators and other education personnel for professional performance in diverse cultural contexts. It serves as a connection for which SOE alumni can give back to their alma mater by sharing their talents, resources, etc. in different SOE events. It further serves as a source for developing alumni pride, spirit, and life-long commitments to the School of Education.

SOE Alumni Association Officers: Pictured left row (front): Dr. Darlene Roberto, Treasurer; Martha Sudo, Secretary; and Dr. Lourdes P. Klitzkie, Advisor. Pictured right row (front): Rose Cruz Castro, President; Margaret Beem, Vice President, and Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, Webmaster.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Alumni Survey Results

95% of UOG graduates are employed, and 56% earn more than $40K per year.

The University of Guam Office of Development and Alumni Affairs and the Office of Academic Assessment and Institutional Research have released the results of an Alumni Survey conducted in the 2014 Spring Semester. The purpose of the survey was to identify the employment status and work placement of our graduates, and the perceived usefulness of the degree and University education.
Several samples of alumni surveys from other institutions were reviewed and used as a base template for designing the UOG survey instrument.  Faculty, Deans and Senior Management were consulted in the design of the instrument.  The IRB reviewed the proposed study and determined that it was exempt from further IRB review.
The survey instrument was created in Qualtrics, an online survey system.  A web link to the survey was created and emailed to alumni by the Alumni Development Office using email addresses on file with that Office.  There were 391 responses.   A breakdown of the year of graduation: 
Total Number of Responses: 391 
Percentage of Graduates from 2000s71.4%
Percentage of Graduates from 1990s16.1%
Percentage of Graduates from 1980s7.9%
Percentage of Graduates from 1970s3.3%
Percentage of Graduates from 1960s1.3%

  1. 80% of UOG alumni claim their University education was either very useful (36%) or useful (44%) in preparing them for their jobs.
  2. A majority of the respondents who received their bachelor’s degree from UOG are employed in their major field of study, and felt that their UOG education prepared them for their job. Almost all UOG graduates (95% of respondents) are currently employed.
  3. UOG graduates who responded to the survey (56%) reported that they earned $41K to  $81K and above per annum. In comparison, local residents who participated in the 2010 Guam Census who earned a high school diploma, GED, or alternative credential (18%) reported that they earned $35K to $65K or more per annum.
  4. 77% of UOG alumni were working while attending UOG. 31% said their employment was the result of a practicum, internship, or cooperative learning activity. Academic Advising (42%) and Faculty Mentoring (32%) were University services or resources that benefited graduates the most.
  5. As a result of graduates’ responses through this project, we are prompted to revisit and further review UOG services, events and resources in order to identify opportunities to better serve current students and alumni.

The following are highlights of the responses to the survey.  A complete report of the responses is attached. 
Question:  Which type of degree did you earn from UOG? (check all that apply)
87% of the respondents earned their bachelor’s degree from UOG
27% of the respondents earned their master’s degree from UOG
1% of the respondents earned their associate’s degree from UOG

Question:  What college or school within UOG did you earn your degree?
41% of the respondents earned their degree from the School of Business and Public Administration (SBPA)
25% of the respondents earned their degree from the School of Education (SOE)
18% of the respondents earned their degree from the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS)
9% of the respondents earned their degree from the College of Natural and Applied Sciences (CNAS)
6% of the respondents earned their degree from the School of Nursing and Health Sciences (SNHS)

Question:  Which of the following University services, events, or resources benefited you? (check all that apply)
Academic Advising:  42%
Faculty Mentoring:   32%
None of the above:  30%       
Student Organization:  26%
Student Counseling: 9%
Other:  9%
Career Placement Office/Services: 6%
Job Fair:  4%

Question:  Are you employed or have you secured employment?
Yes:         95%
No:          5%

Question:   In what range is your current salary?
Less than 20K:    8%
$20k-$40k:        36%
$41k-$60k         29%
$61k-$80k:        18%
$81k+:                  9%

Question:  How well did your UOG education prepare you for your job?
Not Useful:           1%
Neutral:               19%
Useful:                 44%
Very Useful:        36%

For more information, please contact Deborah D. Leon Guerrero, Director for Academic Assessment and Institutional Research at 735-2585, or deborah@uguam.uog.edu, or Norman Analista, Director for Development and Alumni Affairs at 735-2586/797-3333 or nanalista@uguam.uog.edu.
- See more at: http://www.uog.edu/news-announcements/uog-releases-results-of-alumni-survey#sthash.VYYHZ0DR.dpuf

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Search for the 2014 UOG Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients is on! 

Deadline Extended to Monday, Oct. 20th, 4p.m.

Attached is a listing of requirements and the official nomination form for this prestigious award. The deadline to submit a nomination form and supporting evidence is Monday, October 20th, 4p.m. The award recognition ceremony will take place at the 2014 All-Class UOG Alumni Reunion (see details below).

Take a look at photo highlights from last year’s alumni reunion which featured the 2013 awards ceremony.

2013 Distinguished Alumni Awardees: 

Annparo Rios
Annparo Rios
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, 
Guam Behavioral Health & Wellness Center
B.S, Nursing, 2003
School of Nursing and Health Sciences (SONHS)

“My education from the University of Guam has helped to shape me into the person I am today by allowing me to reconnect with my island home after spending my childhood and early adult life away from Guam. I didn’t have a sense of where “home” was. My goal was to pursue a nursing degree and have a career as a nurse. It wasn’t an easy one and would not have been possible without the support of my loved ones and instructors who knew and understood my history and experiences and encouraged me every step of the way to achieve my goal.  My experience at UOG allowed me to accomplish my goals, forge friendships with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds, and be comfortable calling Guam “home” once again.”  

Darlene Moore
Darlene Moore
Founder & President, 
Micronesian Archaeological Research Services 
B.A. Anthropology, 1979, MA Behavioral Science, 1984
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS)

“The education I received at the University of Guam during the years from 1976 to 1983 in pursuit of BA and MA degrees in Anthropology and Behavioral Science with a focus on Archaeology provided the background, training, and experience that were required in order for me to meet the federal qualification standards for directing and participating in Historic Preservation projects.  After graduation, I worked on several UOG archaeological research projects which provided additional training opportunities. Then I formed a sole proprietorship and hired other qualified people as needed to complete Cultural Resource Management projects in the Mariana Islands.  As the number and size of our projects grew, we (two other women with BA degrees and one with a PhD degree in Anthropology) formed Micronesian Archaeological Research Services (MARS), Inc.  Incorporated in 1992, we are still operating, although two of our four original people have since retired. The past 25 years would not have been possible if UOG had not been there to offer the classes and guidance needed to qualify me for work in this fascinating field.”

George Chiu
George Chiu
Executive Vice President,
Tan Holdings Corporation
B.A. Accounting, 1987
School of Business and Public Administration (SBPA)

“I’d experienced stateside campus life, but it was at the University of Guam that my commitment to education was fortified. Professors and facilitators opened opportunities through learning not in just my primary fields of study – but other supportive and relevant areas that provided well-rounded and thoughtful opportunities that contributed to my success. Attending classes with students from the islands who also became leaders and professionals has developed a collegiate fraternity. I often meet individuals who also attended UOG; we share experiences, college courses, personalities and knowledge that contributes to a valuable basis of friendship and spirit of cooperation in mutually rewarding and beneficial collaborations and endeavors.” 

Matilda Rivera
Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera
Assistant Professor, University of Guam
B.A. Early Childhood Elementary, 1997, M.ED. Language and Literacy 2000
School of Education (SOE)

“I am proud to be an alumna of the University of Guam.  Without the guidance and inspiration of my brilliant professors at UOG’s School of Education, I would not have made it this far in my career.  Thank you UOG for helping me to grow and gain the wisdom to excel in all that I do.  Like my father always says, “Winning starts in the mind.  Whatever the mind can conceive, it will achieve.“  Let us all think like winners!  BIBA UOG!”

Shiela Concepcion
Shiela Concepcion
Quality Manager, DZSP 21 LLC
B.A. Computer Science, 2002. 
College of Natural and Applied Sciences (CNAS)

“My education at the University of Guam has been instrumental in shaping both my professional and personal life. It helped expand my creativity, enhance my project management skills, build my self-confidence and foster my passion for technology – all of which has transformed my life and propelled my career from being the lead Computer Programmer to the Manager of Quality on the largest Base Operations Support Services Contract in the Department of Defense. The experiences I gained from the University served as the ultimate foundation for my dreams coming true, but this is only the beginning….”

(Awards were not given in 2012)

2011 Distinguished Alumni Awardees: 
distinguished alumni

Winners of the 2011 UOG Distinguished Alumni Award are pictured with University officials at a gala on Sept. 3, 2011 at the Outrigger Resort. (L to R) Dr. Chris Perez, former Chairman, UOG Board of Regents, Dr. Robert Underwood, President, UOG, Frank Cruz, Distinguished Alumnus – CNAS, Mike Nahalowaa, Distinguished Alumnus – SBPA, Atty. Bob Klitzkie, Distinguished Alumnus – SOE, Laurent Duenas, Distinguished Alumna -  SONHS, Joanne Brown, Distinguished Alumna - CLASS, Dr. Judith Selk, Distinguished Alumna - CLASS, Dr. Nerissa Bretania Underwood, Distinguished Alumna - SOE, Dr. Gregg San Nicolas, Distinguished Alumnus - SOE, Tanya Muna, Distinguished Alumna - SPBA, and Robert Paulino, former President, UOG Alumni Association.

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, November 15 for the 2014 All-Class UOG Alumni Reunion: “The Way We Were”

Remember the good old days at the University of Guam at our all-class annual alumni reunion at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 6p.m. to 10p.m. Our theme this year is “The Way We Were,” and we will feature an evening of nostalgic performances. We will also feature the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards, and the chance to win great prizes at the event!

Tickets are $35 per person. In the meantime, browse through photo highlights from past reunions in the galleries below. Don’t miss out this year!

2012 UOG Alumni Reunion: Celebrate Good Times

2011 UOG Alumni Reunion: The First-Ever Island-Wide Reunion

Look for Video Highlights from Previous Reunions on Our Official youtube page:


Hafa Adai, to all our Alumni, University Citizens and Generous Sponsors! Thank you to everyone who helped make our 62nd Anniversary Founders Day Gala a success! Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and guests, we raised close to $32,000! Funds raised will go toward realizing the university's 21st Century Campus Physical Master Plan.

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You can view more photo highlights from the event through the two links below:

COMING SOON! Video of performances from the event!